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Academics

Academics

Including Art, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science and Work Tasks

Functional Literacy

There is a misconception that academic and functional mutually exclusive. We for some reason got stuck in this thinking that tells us that instruction and activities are either academic or functional but cannot be both. When our students get older and we begin to...

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Literacy Independent Work Tasks

Incorporating literacy concepts into your independent work tasks is the best way to ensure skill generalization and maintenance. Students will practice literacy skills in different ways and continue practicing previously mastered skills over time. There...

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Adapted Books

Adapted books should be a staple in every autism or special ed classroom. An adapted book is any book that has been modified in some way that makes it more accessible to a student who has difficulty with typical books. That can mean adding braille, making...

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Literacy Blog Series

Two summers ago, we did an entire blog series dedicated to tips and strategies for increasing literacy skills of students with autism. I do a ton of Professional Development on literacy (see here) and always get tons of requests for a webinar version. I...

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Functional Math: Menu Edition

I am all about math tasks that are functional. I am also all about tasks that are engaging and motivating to students. Food and math collide in perfect harmony with these menu math activities. Students love working on these tasks because they get to talk...

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Group Math Work: Discrete Trial Training

This was my go-to format for group math work. In many of our classrooms, students rotate through the room in groups. It can be tricky to go from group to group switching between types of math skills. Your first group is working on single digit subtraction,...

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Interactive & Velcro-Free: Math Sorts

We all get sick of cutting velcro. The blisters, the sticky scissors - I get it. Even if you are used to the luxurious life of velcro dots - it gets expensive and it's still time consuming to peel off each of those little circles of goodness. So let's take...

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Visual Math Activities {Level 1 & 2}

In our world, visuals make just about anything better. Heck - in any world, visuals make anything better. So it should be no surprise how much visuals add to some basic math skills. These are two of my very favorite resources. I love the variety, I love...

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Math Centers: Interactive & Engaging

To put it nicely, math is not my favorite subject but this resource makes it so much more bearable! I love that these 10 Math Centers for Early Childhood or Special Education incorporate a wide range of math skills. I used to really have a tendency to...

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Math Work Task Mega Pack

Work tasks are a key component in any classroom! These can be utilized as teaching tools, group work, or independent work tasks. In order to create an effective work task system - you must create a large number of varied work tasks that are visual and...

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All About TouchMath

Are you familiar with TouchMath? Known as The Alphabet of Mathematics - this visually based approach to math can be perfect for our learners. It embeds prompting and utilizes the numbers as manipulative themselves! If you have students that are struggling...

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Teaching Counting

The most basic of the basic - but basic can be tricky. Teaching the skill of counting is something I have really struggled with. There is so much that goes into fully mastering this skill and so many ways to work on it. Also math is not my fav so I’m never...

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